Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel | Brasserie d'Achouffe

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Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA TripelHoublon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie d'Achouffe
Belgium
achouffe.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The HOUBLON CHOUFFE was brewed for the first time in 2006. It is an ‘Indian Pale ale’ type of beer, with a harmonious balance between a marked bitterness (three types of hops are used to make it) and a pleasant fruitiness. The HOUBLON CHOUFFE is unfiltered, and re-fermented in the bottle as well as in the keg.

Added by Todd on 01-13-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,724
Reviews:
1,200
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
429
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date Drunk: 12/21/10

750mL into pint glass

I don't know why this is considered a belgian ipa... tastes like a tripel. Lemon grass flavor that is smooth to the mouth, but high carbonation. Gets extremely better as it warms. You cannot even tell this is a 9.0% beer.

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Photo of tmzl
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours with huge, medium sized bubbles, creamy top, off-white head (yellow hue). Not the most beautiful retention (slow formation of big bubbles that eventually pop) - sticky descent, leaves a weird looking medium sized, thick creamy mountain in the middle with bigger bubbles on the sides. Some random sticky lacing when it goes down. Cloudy golden wheat with light orange hue; you can see through; some carbonation chains visible.

Smell: Tropical, pine, citrus, orange and floral - quite a mix, and strong peppery overall spicy note. There are also present some wilder yeasty (piss), medicinal smells - all this adds up to sharp but fresh characteristic.

Taste: Starts with medium soft flower honey sweetness, evolves into bread, hay malt middles medium sweetness and ends with medium spike of grapefruit pith, pine and noble hop bitterness. Bitterness stays at the end with light soft sweetness - bitterness builds up with time. Still peppery, still fruity (ripe orange) and wilder yeast roam around. Soft start vs. rougher end - but it works very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, crisp carbonation - makes it lighter. Dry finish - fresh. For 9% ABV and the lightness, alcohol exceptional well hidden.

Overall: This one is pretty unique. Hop character is very american IPA-ish but then comes the spicy, yeasty part with soft malt character. Works well together and creates a wonderful dynamic. Recommended.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of webmanspidey
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was originally described to me as a "Triple IPA", which to me, (as one who enjoys trying every "Double IPA" I can encounter") sounds like an extremely strong and extremely hoppy beer along the lines of Dogfish Head's 120 Min IPA.

Of course what the Tripel IPA really means is a cross between the Belgian Trappist style Tripel and the IPA. At times it resembles both of the styles, with an appearance which in reality resembles both. Taste resembles both, but it is not overly hoppy in the style of strong Imperial IPAs.

This is a beer worth trying if you enjoy the two styles. Not overly strongly resembling either style, but an excellent clash of the two.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on--tap at The Sunset in Boston, MA.

This Belgian double IPA poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that slowly settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was Belgian malt with a bit of fruitiness and some grape skins together with a nice hoppiness. The taste was a basic Belgian maltiness with a touch of sugar sweetness together with a vinous grape-skin flavor and layered with a rather strong hoppiness, but not an overpoweringly bitter hoppiness. Overall a very nice flavor combination. The mouthfeel was smooth and lightly sweet with medium body and low carbonation feel. The finish left the flavors of grape-skins and hops lingering pleasantly. This was a very nice beer, reminiscent of DeRanke XX Bitter.

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Photo of Bassetdawg
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This has a wonderful, full white head, with great retention, retreating to a nice laciness. This has a visible carbonation with the yeast giving a slightly cloudy tinge to the golden color.

Aroma: Most unusual smell, with the hoppiness of an IPA as well as the traditional Belgian esters of banana and citrus.

Taste: This is a wonderful yet almost indescribable cross between an outstanding IPA and a first rate Belgian trippel. It has a smooth and full mouthfeel.

Drinkability This is very drinkable, though a bit dry. It is nice melding of two of my favorite styles. This is a pretty unique beer. There is almost no hint of the high alcohol content of an imperial IPA or a trippel.

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Photo of xJMFCx
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chizoad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Belgian IPA I've had.

Nice cloudy golden ale with a off white head that fades to a thin lacing. Very pretty.

Good aromas of hops and Belgian yeast. Has that pleasing, hearty smell in addition to the zest provided by generous hopping.

Taste is up there with the best. This is not a standard IPA, it's more like a perfect harmonious blend of a fine tripel and a relatively mild IPA, somehow balanced perfectly. The flavors don't compete at all. Great stuff.

Medium carbonation and medium body, appropriate. As far as this style goes it's really the only game in town.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light straw gold, huge chunky head that persists. Even a gentle pour gives a 3 inch head.

S- Slight sweet vanilla, hops come through as citrus and mild grass.

T- Very nice hop note, citrus is slight grapefruit with some spicy notes at the end. Some Belgian notes are drowned by the hops, which is fine with me. The sweetness and hop bitterness are very nicely balanced. I like this one more as it warms. More sweetness comes through.

M- Crisp and dry.

D- Very easily downed. I like this much more than I thought I would. Great after a long hot days work.

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Photo of chebode2
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seand
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dark sand-like color, with a bubbly foamy white head. Fair size clumps retain pretty well, leaving nice walls of lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian-style spices and yeast, with a floral hoppy note.

T: Sweet and yeasty, with the hops making a strong appearance towards the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the ABV.

Very well constructed, and overall it seems to be exactly what it intends to be: a Belgian IPA tripel.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow/golden haze look to it. Rich and dense is the head. Glazed lacing.

Peppery and full of apricot hops. Pinch of alcohol sniffed. Belgian yeast and light coriander.

Spicy and zesty with notes of apricot, lemon rind, floral bouquet, and chiming booze. Excellent Belgian IPA flavor profile.

Silky body, light carbonation prickle. The strength doesn't choke back drinkability.

One of my faves of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of hu5om
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

split with newk340. duvel tulips
a-pale golden straw. 2 fingers of white fluffy foam. pretty clear.
s-90% tripel, 10% ipa. these belgian ipas always throw me off. sweet belgian candy sugar. clove, ginger, honey, bubblegum, with a little bitter edge.
t-there's the hops! nice. a bit of dentist office. bitter and sugary sweet. starts hoppy, ends sweet. not huge, but nice. some banana.
m-pretty tingly. bubbly with a little boozy edge. medium body. a bit hogh on the carbonation.
d-very good. not my cup of tea stylewise, but an interesting mix of two of my favorite styles. i did enjoy it, and it's pretty dang nice for the price. how they 9% in here, i will never know..

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Photo of sfprint
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

exp 04/2013
Short, cratery head, dark orangy brown. Hazy, no visible rising carbonation.
S: sandelwood, rich apricot, pumpkin?
T: intense and very flavorful. both some what fresh and dense. creamy with a heavy sort of yeast, apricot. Quite good, improves as it warms but still has a small bitter edge
M: very soft and smooth with mild carbonation.
O: pretty great. will definitely try this one out again.

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Photo of aufie
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ckollias
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this stubby brown bottle out of a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a huge, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and big ole frothy lacing.

S: Slightly hoppy and fruity with whiffs of smooth caramel and Belgian yeast.

T: Very bitter and citrus filled flavor up front. Sort of a dry hoppy middle and finishes slightly malty.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting IPA Tripel – there is a lot going on here – lots of complex flavors and aromas and a good amount of alcohol. Classic Brew.

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Photo of Fabianno
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of illidurit
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz.

Poured into a snifter with typical bartender ineptitude resulting in a lackluster head. An odd yellow-gold colored beer lays beneath the small white cap of foam.

The hops are strong with this one, you can smell the floralness from a foot away. Beyond that, the tripel style makes itself known with aromas of funky yeasty apple, lemon zest, grapefruit, pepper.

The taste is just how you'd imagine something with "IPA Tripel" in the name to be. Hoppier than any other Belgian I've had, this beer explodes with floral hops that mingle with the fruity esters and faint boozy finish.

This was a bit flat, but I blame it on the tap, not the beer, and so it gets the benefit of the doubt. Alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.

Pretty smooth and easy to quaff.

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Photo of cts309
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jparker37
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into large duvel tulip. Best before end of 2013.

A - Small, just off-white head from a light pour. Hazy golden orange. Nice bit of lacing to it.

S - A tartness is the main emphasis noticed. A citrus, twangy unique hop aroma really sets this style apart. Maybe a little bit of some candy sweetness. Alcohol is mild/smooth with minimal warming.

T - Very dry, no sweetness to the malt whatsoever. Some herbal/earthy flavors that are quite mellow. Very unique hop characteristics to it. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Definitely dry.

O - Everything about this beer is one of a kind. More of a cousin than a brother to the American IPA. I've had Belgium IPAs that still had many characteristics of an American IPA but this should be the standard for BIPAs.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.750ml bottle
best by 11/2016
stored in cellar for a few months
L- pours a gorgeous hazy orange-ish color a little closer to yellow, with a thick foam head that slowly dissipates, leaves lacing
S- has that really nice sweet belgian yeast aroma, with hints of pine
T- has a pleasant piney taste, followed by the said sweetness of the yeast, with a bitter finish
F- has a dry feel to it, medium bodied, smooth fell as well
O- this beer was just great from beginning to end. looks great smells great taste in unbelievable.
Next time maybe i will try it right away to see if hops are more pronounced, but i think the aging mellowed out the beer bringing out some smoothness

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle:

A: The beer poured a hazy golden yellow with a huge white head. The head was light but was retained very well with a small part of the head retained throughout the entire beer.

S: The aroma of the beer made me think that it was a hefe. The aroma was grainy and sweet with citrus. I can't say that I noticed any hops at all.

T: This is where I was really thrown. After the aroma, I was not expecting this, so I had a hard time reconciling the two. The beer tasted like a triple but hopped up. The alcohol was noticeable, but not so much that it harmed the beer. It also gave off hints of sweetness and wheat.

M/D: I expected the beer to feel more carbonated than it did. The beer was smooth and crisp. Very drinkable and one that I will most certainly pick up again.

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Photo of GTJayG
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WeisGuy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy with lots of sediment, huge rocky white head with good retention and great lacing

s - great mix of Belgian maltiness and hoppiness, lots of spice and citrus

t - very unique taste, like the nose, a great mix of Belgian and IPA flavors, spicy and citrusy with a nice hoppy bitter kick, finish is sweet and bitter, alcohol not noticeable

m - ample carbonation, medium-bodied, dry finish

d - very drinkable, could be dangerous b/c the 9% abv is not noticeable at all

Very unique brew that I'm glad to finally try. Great to see some Belgian brewers being this innovative and mixing styles.

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Photo of BdM
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel from Brasserie d'Achouffe
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,724 ratings.
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